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Plantar/Palmar and Small Joint Arthroscopy Course
September 20-21, 2013

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Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine invites you to join us for a two-day intensive course in equine palmar/plantar and small joint arthroscopy. Instructed by leaders in the field, this specialty course extends beyond advanced equine courses and focuses only on difficult access joints such as the back of the carpus, hock, and fetlock, and the tight spaces of the navicular bursa, and proximal and distal interphalangeal joints - the always a nightmare joints. A high level of existing arthroscopic competency is a pre-requisite. The course includes lectures on specific approaches with tips on improving successful entry, normal surgical anatomy, and techniques for arthroscopic removal or internal fixation of conditions of the palmar/plantar aspects of the lower limb joints. Lectures are complemented by four wet labs focusing on approaches, comprehensive diagnostic examination, removal of fracture fragments, and minimally invasive approaches to internal fixation and enhanced biological repair. This course is limited to 32 attendees. Register online now!

Program Fee
Preregistration is required. The early registration fee for the program is $1,400; resident registration fee is $1,100. After August 8 course registration is $1,550 and $1,250 for residents. The cost of the program includes lectures and labs, two continental breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks, course notes, and dinner on Friday evening.

Hotel and Lodging
Participants are responsible for making hotel reservations. Guests must make reservations before August 19 and refer to the Equine Stifle course to receive quoted rate. Please make your hotel reservations early, it’s a busy week in Ithaca. Hotel rooms have been blocked at these hotels:

Ithaca Ramada Inn
2310 N. Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Best Western University Inn
1020 Ellis Hollow Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Alan Nixon, BVSc, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory and the JD&ML Wheat Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Laboratory at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nixon is a co-author on the 3rd and 4th edition of the equine arthroscopy text, “Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse” editor of the text “Equine Fracture Repair” and specializes in arthroscopy and fracture repair with a special emphasis on regenerative medicine.

Ian Wright, MA, VetMB, DEO, Diplomate ECVS, MRCVS, Referral Orthopaedic Specialty Surgeon, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Suffolk, UK. Dr. Wright has extensive clinical experience in arthroscopy, tenoscopy, and fracture fixation, and has authored numerous original descriptions of approaches and conditions of the joints, tendon sheaths and bursae. He is a co-author on the 3rd and 4th edition of the equine arthroscopy text, and runs the European basic and advanced equine arthroscopy courses at Newmarket.

Lisa Fortier, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Fortier is a Past President of the International Cartilage Repair Society, the Vice President of the International Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Society, and an expert on arthroscopy and regenerative medicine in equine and human orthopedic practice.

Tentative Schedule
Friday, September 20

7:45 am      Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30            Welcome and Introduction 
8:45            Palmar Carpal Joint Approaches Dr. Alan Nixon  
9:10            Chip Fractures of the Palmar Surface of the Carpal Bones – Technique and Results Dr. Alan Nixon
9:40            Slab Fracture of the Palmar Surface of the Carpal Bones – Treatment Options Dr. Alan Nixon
10:00          Break
10:30          Fetlock- Approaches to the Palmar/Plantar Pouch Dr. Lisa Fortier
10:50          Discussion: Carpus and Fetlock Faculty
11:00          LAB 1: Carpus and Fetlock Palmar Approaches: Fracture Removal
1:00 pm      Lunch
2:00            Condylar Fracture Repair – Technique and Results Dr. Ian Wright
2:30            Sesamoid Fracture Repair – Removal or Internal Fixation Dr. Ian Wright
3:00            Palmar Chondral and Osteochondral Lesions  in the Fetlock:  Repair Choice Dr. Lisa Fortier 
3:30            LAB 2: Palmar Carpus and Fetlock Joints: Approaches to Internal Fixation  
5:30            End of day 1
6:30            Shuttle to dinner
7:00 pm      Dinner

Saturday, September 21

8:00 am     Continental Breakfast
8:30           Plantar Hock Approaches Dr. Lisa Fortier
8:50           Plantar Hock – Syndromes and Techniques for Repair Dr. Alan Nixon
9:20           Distal Interphalangeal Joint – Dorsal and Palmar Approaches Dr. Ian Wright
9:40           Distal Interphalangeal Arthroscopy –
                         P3 Fracture Repair, Subchondral Cysts of P2 and P3, Removal of Palmar/Plantar Chip Fractures Dr. Alan Nixon
10:10         Navicular Bursa and Palmar Pouch of DIP Approaches – Tips for Clean Entry to Both Dr. Ian Wright
10:40         DiscussionHock and Coffin Joint Faculty
10:50         Break
11:15         LAB 3: Plantar Hock and Hindlimb DIP Joint Faculty
1:00 pm     Lunch Tour of CUHA and Orthopaedic Research Labs
2:00           Proximal Interphalangeal Joint – Approaches and Syndromes Dr. Ian Wright
2:30           Postoperative Rehab and Joint Medication –
                         Decision Making on Biologics for Joint Repair and Postop Therapeutics to Maximize Return Dr. Lisa Fortier
3:00           LAB 4: Hindlimb and Forelimb DIP and PIP Arthroscopy Faculty
3:45           Refreshments in the lab
4:45 pm    Closing Remarks and Departure

If you'd like to register by mail or fax you may do so here and send the form and payment to:
Office of Continuing Education, Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine,S2 113 Schurman Hall, Box 52, Ithaca, NY 14853-6401, Phone: 607-253-3200, Fax: 607-253-3198